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Old Jun 19th 2020, 4:41 pm
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Originally Posted by mikelincs View Post
Losts of people get tattoos when on holiday, places don't usually ask questions, and if you've ever seen 'Extreme Tattoo Fixers' many are when they are drunk, either DIY of a skanky tattoo place. On the last prog I saw a young girl had had 'I Love Anal' on her bum. She wanted it changed, NOT because of what it said as she said it's totally true, but because she just felt that she was getting older and it was just something from her younger days.
Maybe she'll meet someone called Amal and fall in love.
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Old Jun 19th 2020, 4:45 pm
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Maybe she'll meet someone called Amal and fall in love.
or a dyslexic boy named Alan...
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Old Jun 19th 2020, 5:05 pm
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Depending on the positioning, "ysing data" could be added for the geeky IT look......
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Old Jun 19th 2020, 8:53 pm
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Originally Posted by BristolUK View Post
Maybe she'll meet someone called Amal and fall in love.
it's now been covered with a totally different design I'm sure the TV compant must pay for the tattoos, they ae very complicated and usually very large, must take hours.
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Old Jun 21st 2020, 6:45 am
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Originally Posted by mikelincs View Post
it's now been covered with a totally different design I'm sure the TV compant must pay for the tattoos, they ae very complicated and usually very large, must take hours.
Is the new design a back door with a welcome mat?
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Old Jun 21st 2020, 10:40 am
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Is the new design a back door with a welcome mat?
No, that's the Trump rally in Tulsa....
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Old Jul 17th 2020, 8:58 pm
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I can't imagine anything going wrong here. It does however beg the question of which rock the officer in question has been living under for the past 7 weeks.

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Old Jul 17th 2020, 10:01 pm
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Maybe the Hard Rock in Piccadilly Circus? Or maybe just Rock Street in Finsbury Park? Take your pick.
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Old Jul 17th 2020, 10:18 pm
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Originally Posted by Pulaski View Post
I can't imagine anything going wrong here. It does however beg the question of which rock the officer in question has been living under for the past 7 weeks.
It's weird isn't it. And it's not just this time or even on this topic. Something happens, there's a ton of bad publicity about it which you think cannot possibly go unnoticed by anyone let alone someone for whom it has greater relevance and everyone concerned is supposed to be on their best behaviour because they are being watched.

And then someone behaves as if blissfully unaware of it or, bizarrely, doesn't seem to think it's the same thing. My flabber has never been so gasted.
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Old Jul 30th 2020, 10:53 am
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Here's a good one

Wheelchair basketballer considers leg amputation for Paralympic eligibility
Great Britain wheelchair basketball player George Bates is giving serious consideration to having his leg amputated so he can compete with the team at the 2021 Paralympics in Tokyo. The 26-year-old, who has been unable to walk without assistance since being injured playing football when he was 11, has been told the complex regional pain syndrome he suffers with does not meet the new criterion for eligibility at the Games
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Old Jul 30th 2020, 4:00 pm
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Here's a good one

Wheelchair basketballer considers leg amputation for Paralympic eligibility
One can't help but think that there should be a blanket rule against elective surgery to "enable" someone to qualify as disabled for the purposes of qualifying for paralympic competition.
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Old Jul 31st 2020, 4:23 pm
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One can't help but think that there should be a blanket rule against elective surgery to "enable" someone to qualify as disabled for the purposes of qualifying for paralympic competition.
This is an interesting and rather sad story that I've come to know more about than necessary, through having met one of the players involved. It's affected several international players, including David Eng, who has been the captain of the Canadian men's wheelchair basketball team for over a decade and is a three-time Paralympic medallist (and a really lovely person...).

The difficulty is that the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation, (IWBF) has always had as one of its aims the promotion of inclusivity in the sport. In Canada certainly, competitive teams up to interprovincial level can include able-bodied players, although fully able-bodied players have never been eligible for national team selection. Under IWBF rules, there's a points classification system, from 1.0 to 5.0 based on functional ability* where a player with little or no lower-body or trunk stability may be classified 1.5 or 2.0 and an able-bodied or minimally-restricted player carries 4.5 or 5 points. A coach may not field an on-court quintet that carries more than a total of 14 points between them. This means that tactically astute players with more significant disabilities can play a really important role on the team, although they may not score many points or make the spectacular breakaway down the court, by enabling the high-point players to shine.

Several nations under the IWBF umbrella have a disability standard that can be summarized as "anybody who can't play stand-up basketball is eligible to play wheelchair basketball for their country." This has led to players like Eng (who has a disparity in leg length but no other physical impairment), and Bates (who has an acquired injury causing neuropathic pain in his legs) being able to play at international level, while - because of their high points score - ensuring that other more significantly impaired players take to the court with them, and the competition remains fair. As a team sport, this approach has worked well for many years.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a different set of standards. There's been a years-long dispute between the IPC and the IWBF over these "minimally disabled" athletes. It came to a head in January this year, when the IPC evvectively gave the IWBF an ultimatum to bring their criteria into line with the IPC's ideas or face exclusion from the Paralympic games altogether. Since many national wheelchair basketball organizations rely on funding generated through exposure at the Paralympics for their very survival, the IWBF really had no option but to comply. So every national organization had to reclassify every athlete according to IPC criteria, resulting in some high-point players being ruled ineligible.

It's all a bit of a sad and sorry mess. Frankly, neither the IWBF nor the IPC comes out of it looking very good at all.



* Many disabled sports use a classification system. It's somewhat simpler for individual sports, where the aim is to have athletes competing against others of a similar level of function. This does mean, though, that the classification can get a bit impenetrable: for example in track and field or swimming where there are a whole slew of classification categories that cater to functional loss in one or more limbs, trunk, muscle control/dystonia, loss of sight, and so on. That can lead to potentially great match-ups never happening - for example two of the finest female track athletes of the last 30 years, one Brit and one Canuck, never raced competitively against each other (Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson raced in T53 class for GB; Chantal Petitclerc raced T54 for Canada; both went on after their Paralympic success to have successful careers in the upper chamber of their respective parliaments).
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Old Jul 31st 2020, 5:37 pm
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It came to a head in January this year, when the IPC evvectively gave the IWBF an ultimatum to bring their criteria into line with the IPC's ideas or face exclusion from the Paralympic games altogether. .
Thanks for the more detailed explanation.

My first reaction when I read it was "hang on, the games have been delayed due to covid and would have taken place this year" and I thought it rather unfair to change eligibility. But when I researched a little more I saw that it was ruled upon in January.

That's not as recent as I was thinking originally but I still think that's way too close when considering the preparation that athletes go through. At the time and with no expectation of delay that was just a few months notice.
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Originally Posted by mrken30 View Post
Maybe the Hard Rock in Piccadilly Circus? Or maybe just Rock Street in Finsbury Park? Take your pick.
I have been in a hard rock once in florida.We walked in the front door and straight out the back door never to be seen again
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Never been in a is it big mac
I went in mcdonalds once in Hong kong i was so hungry i could of eaten a horse and probably did .Nay lad nay
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